Trucking and Logistics Factoids


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Did You Know?


1. You might think trucking is all about the long haul, but according to the Professional Driver Institute, 61% of trucking hauls are 100 miles or shorter.

Source: Fast, Fun Facts About the Trucking Industry, Professional Driver Institute.


2. About three out of four American communities depend solely on trucking for the delivery of their goods and services.

Source: Fast, Fun Facts About the Trucking Industry, Professional Driver Institute.


3. Thanks to the work of transportation engineers, it would take about 60 of today’s clean diesel trucks to equal the exhaust emissions of one truck built in the late 1980s.

Source: 15 Interesting Trucking Facts, PlanetFreight.


4. In the United States, there are over 400,000 trucking companies, employing about 9 million people and accounting for one out of every 14 jobs. In the year 2000, America's truckers drove about 200 billion miles: that’s equal to about 1,000 round trips to the sun.

Source: Fast, Fun Facts About the Trucking Industry, Professional Driver Institute.


5. The U.S. is currently facing a truck driver shortage of about 35,000. By 2020, this number is expected to grow to about 200,000.

Source: Top 10 Logistics and Supply Chain Facts of 2014, Cerasis.


6. According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, it costs U.S. companies about 37 cents to deliver a box of breakfast cereal to a consumer’s breakfast table.

Source: Surprising and Fund Facts About the History of the Supply Chain, IntegraCore.


7. American French fries are a hot item in overseas markets. In places like Asia, they account for about 95% of all U.S. frozen potato exports. About 1 in 3 homegrown potatoes are destined for the fryer.

Source: Amusing Logistics Facts, Logistics – A growing career field.


8. According to logisticsqc.org, UPS created a software program that maps out delivery routes using mostly right turns. By doing so, supply chain management saved UPS about three million gallons of fuel in 2006, and shaved more than 28 million miles off their routes.

Source: Amusing Logistics Facts, Logistics – A growing career field.


9. According to Wikipedia, Walmart is the world’s largest company by revenue and the world’s largest retailer. A Walmart distribution center is more than 1 million square feet in size, and uses more than five miles of conveyor belts to keep products moving.

Source: Walmart Logistics, Walmart.


10. The barcode—an invention of the supply chain—was first used to keep track of railroad cars. Barcodes were later adopted commercially, appearing first in supermarkets. The very first product to be scanned? A pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum in June of 1974.

Source: Barcode, Wikipedia.




Aaron Mack
Fast Forward: Volume 2: Issue 2 - Trucking and Logistics